Every day you tweet your products, then you go on Facebook as you share other people’s information in the hope that you will have a new client. You do this for a month, and then after two months you realize that you have nothing to show for your efforts. So, what do you? You blame it on this new age technology junk that the kids are all hyping called social networking.
The fact is that if I have seen one irrefutable fact in social networking today it is that no matter how good you are, you stand virtually no chance of making a huge dent in social networking without a team of people around you to help you.
One of the reasons why network marketing has become synonymous with social networking in some circles, is because these hardy group of MLM warriors go out and help each other achieve their goals. It is a single minded focus that you do not see enough of from other sectors of the economy.
This is why you have to stop doing this by yourself. It is just not possible to accomplish everything on your own when you have people with entire teams doing the same things as you at a multiplied rate.
1. I know I have been talking about tribes for a little while, but it simply because the tribes that I joined TSA and Triberr are simply the best things that I have done in 2011 for my blog. Bar none! If you are looking to get into TSA check out this link. For Triberr, check out the new tribe I created The Twitter Relief Society. To join just let me know in the comment sections and I will send you an invite.
2. Do not do everything by yourself. Either hire someone to do some of the work or trade with someone who is interested in your skills. For example, a teenager who wants XYZ is very motivated to help you write short tweets. Leverage people around you to get the most out of your social networking. Then you will not exhaust yourself before you ever achieve anything of significance.
3. Automate! Whether it is email automation or just automating my follows on Twitter my goal is to be removed from as many of the mundane tasks as possible, so I can focus on what is really important to building my business.
With all of these different options available to you I hope you realize that you do not need to do this all by yourself. There are a lot of great tools available to help you achieve your goals.
Yes there are some great automation tools but I do the old fashioned way of following on Twitter. I go to each person’s Twitter profile, read it, glance at their tweets, and then decide if I want to follow them. That way I am checking my twitter feed and learning about each person with whom I potentially connect.
That is why the TSA tribe has worked well for me. I love the connections with real people. I do not like when I receive an automated reponse if I have taken the time to comment on their blog post.
I agree that automation does not work in all cases, but I receive 30 connections every day on Twitter. There is no way I can keep up with that level. The good ones all find a way to sort through the shuffle.
Right now, I prefer to work all of my brand and web design work myself. However, I have been in web design for over 9 years and have started going mainstream finally. Average is 10 years and going mainstream is basically when most of your clients are continuously referred by other clients or direct to my site.
It took a lot of work for that part. However, I started by having a website and blogging about what I knew. I use to do b2 tutorials and lot of fun hacks for sites to use (b2 is what WordPress was forked from.)
In 2008, I became a professional blogger and quit my full time job. I had a regular sponsor and my web design work was not too shabby Right now I mainly enjoy connecting when I am not blogging or designing or speaking at conferences.
Although much of what I have done was by myself, I can say that if it were not for my readers and clients, I probably would not be anywhere near where I am today.
However, let us face it… a large percentage of the people starting an online business, whether it is MLM or anything else, they do not have a lot of startup money. There are few that do have a decent amount of startup.
I am hoping those who are starting up have some sort of income as it does take money to invest in your business, and even your own time is money too.
Put aside money and use that to invest.
I like the last one… automate. A lot of my clients really love to automate their posts and get a kick out of it… thank goodness for that, right? 😀
I do a lot of the work for my clients as well, but I have found that if I compound my work with contractors I am able to do a much better job for them. For example, I write articles for clients and have someone else edit the work. The reason is that the minute I am finished writing I will never have the patience to edit everything by myself. It makes me better as a business person to work with others.
I always say the same thing, there’s no such thing as self-made. Collaboration, Networking, and General Acts of Kindness are necessary for anyone to be successful.
Completely Agree! How can someone be self-made without clients in business?
Excellent reminder to folks that we are not in this business alone! Dave, founder of the TSA actually wrote an article this week with regards to the importance of using Leverage in your business. We can find this leverage through tribes, new automated resources, and fellow team members, both upline and downline.
Most important we just need to realize and accept that we can’t do everything on our own and that we must utilize the fantastic leverage on which this industry was built.
Thanks for sharing Andy,
I will have to check out Dave’s post. Thanks!